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The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has said the revamp of the primary health care system through the Edo Health care Improvement Programme (Edo-HIP) will ensure that gains recorded in the roll back malaria campaign are sustained.
The governor said this in a statement on the occasion of World Malaria Day marked every April 25 by the World Health Organisation to raise awareness on the need to form a strong alliance to fight malaria.
The governor said the state government had in recent years embarked on distribution of treated mosquito nets and a number of advocacy programmes to ensure the people were properly equipped to fight malaria, noting that the revamp of the 20 primary health care centres in the state would further complement government’s effort to build local capacity and provide infrastructure to combat the disease.
He said, “As we commemorate the World Malaria Day, I assure Edo residents of our determination to bring quality primary health care closer to their doorsteps with the revamp of 20 PHCs in the first instance. With this, every local government will be equipped with the right manpower, equipment and the right environment to sustain the campaign against malaria and other infectious diseases.”
He said the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Zero Malaria Starts With Me’ was apt as it stressed the role of the community and other actors in combating malaria.
“The Edo-HIP provides for a variety of intervention programmes that ensure the PHCs respond to the needs of local communities. This provides the necessary structures to sustain the fight against malaria,” he added.
Source; Punch Newspapers